Author: Jon Brandt

From the National Bank of Argentina: Delfina Rossi Talks About Her Appointment, Argentinian Elections

Last year, Delfina Rossi was a first year student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She came to the program with a Masters in Economics from the European University Institute, and previous work experience in the European Parliament. After finishing her first year at the LBJ School, Delfina accepted an appointment from the President of Argentina – Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner – to the position of Director at the National Bank of Argentina. The appointment makes Delfina – a 26 year old Argentine native and daughter of that country’s Defense Minister, Agustin Rossi – the youngest of her colleagues at...

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Consumer Protection in Healthcare is the Next Wave After King v. Burwell

The partisan divide on many aspects of healthcare reform is often obvious, particularly in Texas. This was yet again on clear display during the October 17 panel “After King v. Burwell, Now What?” at the fifth annual Texas Tribune Festival. And yet, even as panelists engaged in predictable topics of debate, some signs of bipartisanship ultimately emerged. This was all the more impressive considering the diverse makeup of the panel, which included Michael Burgess of the US House of Representatives; Spencer Berthelsen, formerly of the Texas Medical Association; Anne Dunkleberg of the Center for Public Policy Priorities; and Arlene Wohlgemuth of the Texas Public...

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Don’t Blame the Black Lives Matter Movement for the Harris County Shooting

On August 28, Darren Goforth – a Texas Sheriff’s Deputy – was killed in an act of unprovoked violence. Goforth had stopped at a gas station to refuel his squad car after responding to an unrelated accident in Harris County. He was in uniform, effectively minding his own business while on active duty, when he was shot fifteen times from behind. Goforth was pronounced dead on the scene and the suspect, Shannon Miles, an African American male, was arrested shortly after. Miles has since been charged with capital murder. Though Miles’ motive remains unclear, one popular narrative is that he...

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Graduate Public Affairs Council (GPAC) 2015 Elections

Editorial Note: This election has been decided. Check the bottom of the page for results.  Who’s committed to the idea of electing leadership through democratic decision making processes? That’s right – as students at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, we all are. Let’s live out one of the most special political exercises around and vote to have our opinions heard. The Graduate Public Affairs Council (GPAC) is holding elections for student leadership positions between Wednesday (2/25) and Friday (2/27) of this week, so it’s our time to get out the vote. There’s a link in a recent GPAC...

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Former Director of Israeli Mossad Interrupted by Protesters During UT Lecture

Meir Dagan, the former Director-General of the Israeli Mossad, gave a lecture at the LBJ School on October 14 that was ultimately remarkable not for its content, but rather the reaction it produced. Literally translated to “The Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations”, the Mossad is the Israeli organization responsible for national intelligence collection and counter-terrorism operations. Dagan led the Mossad from 2002 to 2009 and ultimately left the organization a controversial figure. As Director-General, Dagan significantly increased the special operations carried out by the Mossad and was allegedly responsible for the deaths of several important political figures in...

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